Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Boasting is verbalized pride. It is self-commendation, bragging to others of our accomplishments. However, all that actually matters is what God thinks of us, not what others think.

Boasting is the exact opposite of the meekness and gentleness of Christ. Paul refused to boast about his personal appearance, power, or accomplishments. Instead, he pointed out that his strength was a hidden force, unnoticed by the world but divinely powerful (2 Corinthians 10:3-4).

Paul used his God-given authority, not for destruction, but for building up (2 Corinthians 10:8). He gave reports about the mission work he had accomplished, not to brag about what he had done, but to show what had been done by the grace of God. Without a doubt, Paul knew that "the person who wishes to boast should boast only of what the Lord has done" (2 Corinthians 10:17).

Isaiah foresaw a day in which "pride will be brought low and the Lord alone will be exalted" (Isaiah 2:11). Satan's proud, boasting spirit will one day be brought low, and no one will dare utter a boast against the Lord.

"Let him who boasts boast in the Lord" (2 Corinthians 10:17 NIV).

Isaiah 1:1-2:22

The vision1Sa 3:1; Isa 22:1, 5; Ob 1:1; Na 1:1 concerning Judah and JerusalemIsa 40:9; 44:26 that Isaiah son of Amoz sawIsa 2:1; 13:1 during the reigns of Uzziah,S 2Ki 14:21; S 2Ch 26:22 Jotham,S 1Ch 3:12 AhazS 2Ki 16:1 and Hezekiah,S 1Ch 3:13 kings of Judah.

A Rebellious Nation

Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth!S Dt 4:26

For the Lord has spoken:Jdg 11:10; Jer 42:5; Mic 1:2

“I reared childrenIsa 23:4; 63:16 and brought them up,

but they have rebelledver 4, 23; Isa 24:5, 20; 30:1, 9; 46:8; 48:8; 57:4; 65:2; 66:24; Eze 24:3; Hag 1:12; Mal 1:6; 3:5 against me.

The ox knowsJob 12:9 its master,

the donkey its owner’s manger,S Ge 42:27

but Israel does not know,Jer 4:22; 5:4; 9:3, 6; Hos 2:8; 4:1

my people do not understand.S Dt 32:28; Isa 42:25; 48:8; Hos 4:6; 7:9

Woe to the sinful nation,

a people whose guilt is great,Isa 5:18

a brood of evildoers,S ver 2; Isa 9:17; 14:20; 31:2; Jer 23:14

children given to corruption!Ps 14:3

They have forsakenS Dt 32:15; S Ps 119:87 the Lord;

they have spurned the Holy OneS 2Ki 19:22; Isa 5:19, 24; 31:1; 37:23; 41:14; 43:14; 45:11; 47:4; Eze 39:7 of Israel

and turned their backsS Pr 30:9; Isa 59:13 on him.

Why should you be beatenPr 20:30 anymore?

Why do you persistJer 2:30; 5:3; 8:5 in rebellion?S ver 2; Isa 31:6; Jer 44:16-17; Heb 3:16

Your whole head is injured,

your whole heartLa 2:11; 5:17 afflicted.Isa 30:26; 33:6, 24; 58:8; Jer 30:17

From the sole of your foot to the top of your headS Dt 28:35

there is no soundnessPs 38:3

only wounds and weltsIsa 53:5

and open sores,

not cleansed or bandagedS Ps 147:3; Isa 30:26; Jer 8:22; 14:19; 30:17; La 2:13; Eze 34:4

or soothed with olive oil.2Sa 14:2; Ps 23:5; 45:7; 104:15; Isa 61:3; Lk 10:34

Your country is desolate,S Lev 26:34

your cities burned with fire;S Lev 26:31; S Dt 29:23

your fields are being stripped by foreignersLev 26:16; Jdg 6:3-6; Isa 62:8; Jer 5:17

right before you,

laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.S 2Ki 18:13; S Ps 109:11

Daughter ZionS Ps 9:14; S Isa 10:32 is leftIsa 30:17; 49:21

like a shelter in a vineyard,

like a hutS Job 27:18 in a cucumber field,

like a city under siege.

Unless the Lord Almighty

had left us some survivors,S Ge 45:7; S 2Ki 21:14; Isa 4:2; 6:13; 27:12; 28:5; 37:4, 31-32; 45:25; 56:8; Jer 23:3; Joel 2:32

we would have become like Sodom,

we would have been like Gomorrah.S Ge 19:24; Ro 9:29*

10 Hear the word of the Lord,Isa 28:14

you rulers of Sodom;S Ge 13:13; S 18:20; Eze 16:49; Ro 9:29; Rev 11:8

listen to the instructionIsa 5:24; 8:20; 30:9 of our God,

you people of Gomorrah!Isa 13:19

11 “The multitude of your sacrifices—

what are they to me?” says the Lord.

“I have more than enough of burnt offerings,

of rams and the fat of fattened animals;Ps 50:8; Am 6:4

I have no pleasureS Job 22:3

in the blood of bullsIsa 66:3; Jer 6:20 and lambs and goats.1Sa 15:22; S Ps 40:6; Mal 1:10; Heb 10:4

12 When you come to appear before me,

who has asked this of you,Ex 23:17; Dt 31:11

this trampling of my courts?

13 Stop bringing meaningless offerings!Pr 15:8; Isa 66:3; Hag 2:14

Your incenseJer 7:9; 18:15; 44:8 is detestableS 1Ki 14:24; Ps 115:8; Pr 28:9; Isa 41:24; Mal 2:11 to me.

New Moons,S Nu 10:10 Sabbaths and convocations1Ch 23:31

I cannot bear your worthless assemblies.

14 Your New MoonS Ne 10:33 feasts and your appointed festivalsEx 12:16; Lev 23:1-44; Nu 28:11-29:39; Dt 16:1-17; Isa 5:12; 29:1; Hos 2:11

I hate with all my being.S Ps 11:5

They have become a burden to me;S Job 7:12

I am wearyPs 69:3; Isa 7:13; 43:22, 24; Jer 44:22; Mal 2:17; 3:14 of bearing them.

15 When you spread out your handsS Ex 9:29 in prayer,

I hideS Dt 31:17; Isa 57:17; 59:2 my eyes from you;

even when you offer many prayers,

I am not listening.S Dt 1:45; S 1Sa 8:18; S Job 15:31; S Jn 9:31

Your handsS Job 9:30 are full of blood!Isa 4:4; 59:3; Jer 2:34; Eze 7:23; Hos 4:2; Joel 3:21

16 WashS Ru 3:3; Mt 27:24; Jas 4:8 and make yourselves clean.

Take your evil deeds out of my sight;Nu 19:11, 16; Isa 52:11

stop doing wrong.Isa 55:7; Jer 25:5

17 Learn to do right;S Ps 34:14 seek justice.S Ps 72:1; Isa 11:4; 33:5; 56:1; 61:8; Am 5:14-15; Mic 6:8; Zep 2:3

Defend the oppressed.Or justice. / Correct the oppressorS Dt 14:29

Take up the cause of the fatherless;ver 23; Job 22:9; Ps 82:3; 94:6; Isa 10:2

plead the case of the widow.S Ex 22:22; Eze 18:31; 22:7; Lk 18:3; Jas 1:27

18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”S 1Sa 2:25; Isa 41:1; 43:9, 26

says the Lord.

“Though your sins are like scarlet,

they shall be as white as snow;S Ps 51:7; Rev 7:14

though they are red as crimson,

they shall be like wool.Isa 55:7

19 If you are willing and obedient,S Job 36:11; S Isa 50:10

you will eat the good things of the land;Dt 30:15-16; Ezr 9:12; Ps 34:10; Isa 30:23; 55:2; 58:14; 62:9; 65:13, 21-22

20 but if you resist and rebel,S 1Sa 12:15

you will be devoured by the sword.”S Job 15:22; Isa 3:25; 27:1; 65:12; 66:16; Jer 17:27

For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.Nu 23:19; Isa 21:17; 34:16; 40:5; 58:14; Jer 49:13; Mic 4:4; Zec 1:6; Rev 1:16

21 See how the faithful city

has become a prostitute!Isa 57:3-9; Jer 2:20; 3:2, 9; 13:27; Eze 23:3; Hos 2:1-13

She once was full of justice;

righteousnessIsa 5:7; 46:13; 59:14; Am 6:12 used to dwell in her—

but now murderers!S Pr 6:17

22 Your silver has become dross,S Ps 119:119

your choice wine is diluted with water.

23 Your rulers are rebels,S ver 2

partners with thieves;S Dt 19:14; Mic 2:1-2; 6:12

they all love bribesS Ex 23:8; Am 5:12

and chase after gifts.

They do not defend the cause of the fatherless;

the widow’s case does not come before them.Isa 10:2; Jer 5:28; Eze 22:6-7; Mic 3:9; Hab 1:4

24 Therefore the Lord, the Lord Almighty,

the Mighty OneS Ge 49:24 of Israel, declares:

“Ah! I will vent my wrath on my foes

and avengeIsa 34:2, 8; 35:4; 47:3; 59:17; 61:2; 63:4; Jer 51:6; Eze 5:13 myself on my enemies.S Dt 32:43; S Isa 10:3

25 I will turn my hand against you;That is, against JerusalemDt 28:63

I will thoroughly purgeS Ps 78:38 away your drossS Ps 119:119

and remove all your impurities.2Ch 29:15; Isa 48:10; Jer 6:29; 9:7; Eze 22:22; Mal 3:3

26 I will restore your leaders as in days of old,Jer 33:7, 11; Mic 4:8

your rulers as at the beginning.

Afterward you will be calledS Ge 32:28

the City of Righteousness,Isa 32:16; 33:5; 46:13; 48:18; 61:11; 62:1; Jer 31:23; Zec 8:3

the Faithful City.Isa 4:3; 48:2; 52:1; 60:14; 62:2; 64:10; Da 9:24

27 Zion will be delivered with justice,

her penitentIsa 30:15; 31:6; 59:20; Eze 18:30 ones with righteousness.Isa 35:10; 41:14; 43:1; 52:3; 62:12; 63:4; Hos 2:19

28 But rebels and sinnersIsa 33:14; 43:27; 48:8; 50:1; 59:2; Jer 4:18 will both be broken,

and those who forsakeS Dt 32:15 the Lord will perish.Ps 9:5; Isa 24:20; 66:24; Jer 16:4; 42:22; 44:12; 2Th 1:8-9

29 “You will be ashamedPs 97:7; Isa 42:17; 44:9, 11; 45:16; Jer 10:14 because of the sacred oaksIsa 57:5; Eze 6:13; Hos 4:13

in which you have delighted;

you will be disgraced because of the gardensIsa 65:3; 66:17

that you have chosen.

30 You will be like an oak with fading leaves,S Ps 1:3

like a garden without water.

31 The mighty man will become tinder

and his work a spark;

both will burn together,

with no one to quench the fire.Isa 4:4; 5:24; 9:18-19; 10:17; 24:6; 26:11; 30:27, 33; 33:14; 34:10; 66:15-16, 24; Jer 5:14; 7:20; 21:12; Ob 1:18; Mal 3:2; 4:1; S Mt 25:41

The Mountain of the Lord2:1-4pp — Mic 4:1-3

This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:Isa 1:1

In the last daysAc 2:17; Heb 1:2

the mountainIsa 11:9; 24:23; 25:6, 10; 27:13; 56:7; 57:13; 65:25; 66:20; Jer 31:23; Da 11:45; Joel 3:17; Mic 4:7 of the Lord’s temple will be established

as the highest of the mountains;Isa 65:9

it will be exaltedZec 14:10 above the hills,

and all nations will stream to it.S Ps 102:15; Jer 16:19

Many peoplesIsa 45:23; 49:1; 60:3-6, 14; 66:18; Jer 3:17; Joel 3:2; Zep 3:8; Zec 14:2 will come and say,

“Come, let us goIsa 45:14; 49:12, 23; 55:5 up to the mountainS Dt 33:19; S Ps 137:5 of the Lord,

to the temple of the God of Jacob.

He will teach us his ways,

so that we may walk in his paths.”

The lawS Isa 1:10; 33:22; 51:4, 7 will go out from Zion,

the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.Lk 24:47; S Jn 4:22

He will judgePs 7:6; S 9:19; 96:13; 98:9; Isa 1:27; 3:13; 9:7; 42:4; 51:4; Joel 3:14 between the nations

and will settle disputesS Ge 49:10 for many peoples.

They will beat their swords into plowshares

and their spears into pruning hooks.Joel 3:10

Nation will not take up sword against nation,Ps 46:9; Isa 9:5; 11:6-9; 32:18; 57:19; 65:25; Jer 30:10; Da 11:45; Hos 2:18; Mic 4:3; Zec 9:10

nor will they train for war anymore.

Come, descendants of Jacob,Isa 58:1

let us walk in the lightIsa 60:1, 19-20; 1Jn 1:5, 7 of the Lord.

The Day of the Lord

You, Lord, have abandonedS Dt 31:17 your people,

the descendants of Jacob.Jer 12:7

They are full of superstitions from the East;

they practice divinationS Dt 18:10; S Isa 44:25 like the PhilistinesS 2Ki 1:2; S 2Ch 26:6

and embracePr 6:1 pagan customs.S 2Ki 16:7; Mic 5:12

Their land is full of silver and gold;S Dt 17:17

there is no end to their treasures.S Ps 17:14

Their land is full of horses;S Dt 17:16

there is no end to their chariots.S Ge 41:43; Isa 31:1; Mic 5:10

Their land is full of idols;Isa 10:9-11; Rev 9:20

they bow downIsa 44:17 to the work of their hands,S 2Ch 32:19; S Ps 135:15; Mic 5:13

to what their fingersIsa 17:8 have made.

So people will be brought lowPs 62:9

and everyone humbledver 11, 17; Isa 5:15; 13:11

do not forgive them.Or not raise them upS Ne 4:5

10 Go into the rocks, hidever 19; Na 3:11 in the ground

from the fearful presence of the Lord

and the splendor of his majesty!S Ps 145:12; 2Th 1:9; Rev 6:15-16

11 The eyes of the arrogantS Ne 9:29; Hab 2:5 will be humbledS ver 9

and human prideIsa 5:15; 10:12; 37:23; Eze 31:10 brought low;S Job 40:11

the Lord alone will be exaltedS Ps 46:10 in that day.ver 17, 20; Isa 3:7, 18; 4:1, 2; 5:30; 7:18; 17:4, 7; 24:21; 25:9; 26:1; 27:1

12 The Lord Almighty has a dayIsa 13:6, 9; 22:5, 8, 12; 34:8; 61:2; Jer 30:7; La 1:12; Eze 7:7; 30:3; Joel 1:15; 2:11; Am 5:18; Zep 1:14 in store

for all the proudS Ps 59:12 and lofty,S 2Sa 22:28

for all that is exaltedPs 76:12; Isa 24:4, 21; 60:11; Mal 4:1

(and they will be humbled),S Job 40:11

13 for all the cedars of Lebanon,S Jdg 9:15; Isa 10:34; 29:17; Eze 27:5 tall and lofty,Isa 10:33

and all the oaks of Bashan,S Ps 22:12; Zec 11:2

14 for all the towering mountains

and all the high hills,Isa 30:25; 40:4

15 for every lofty towerIsa 30:25; 32:14; 33:18

and every fortified wall,Isa 25:2, 12; Zep 1:16

16 for every trading shipHebrew every ship of Tarshishfn S Ge 10:4; S 1Ki 9:26

and every stately vessel.

17 The arrogance of man will be brought lowS 2Sa 22:28; S Job 40:11

and human pride humbled;S ver 9

the Lord alone will be exalted in that day,S ver 11

18 and the idolsS 1Sa 5:2; Eze 36:25 will totally disappear.S Dt 9:21; Isa 21:9; Jer 10:11; Mic 5:13

19 People will flee to cavesS Jdg 6:2; Isa 7:19 in the rocks

and to holes in the groundS Jdg 6:2; S Job 30:6; Lk 23:30; Rev 6:15

from the fearful presenceS Dt 2:25 of the Lord

and the splendor of his majesty,S Ps 145:12

when he rises to shake the earth.ver 21; S Job 9:6; S Isa 14:16; Heb 12:26

20 In that dayS ver 11 people will throw away

to the moles and batsLev 11:19

their idols of silver and idols of gold,S Job 22:24; Eze 36:25; Rev 9:20

which they made to worship.Eze 7:19-20; 14:6

21 They will flee to caverns in the rocksS Ex 33:22

and to the overhanging crags

from the fearful presence of the Lord

and the splendor of his majesty,S Ps 145:12

when he risesIsa 33:10 to shake the earth.S ver 19

22 Stop trusting in mere humans,Ps 118:6, 8; 146:3; Isa 51:12; Jer 17:5

who have but a breathS Ge 2:7; S Ps 144:4 in their nostrils.

Why hold them in esteem?S Job 12:19; Ps 8:4; 18:42; 144:3; Isa 17:13; 29:5; 40:15; S Jas 4:14

These are the visions that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. He saw these visions during the years when Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were kings of Judah.These kings reigned from 792 to 686 B.c.

A Message for Rebellious Judah

Listen, O heavens! Pay attention, earth!

This is what the Lord says:

“The children I raised and cared for

have rebelled against me.

Even an ox knows its owner,

and a donkey recognizes its master’s care—

but Israel doesn’t know its master.

My people don’t recognize my care for them.”

Oh, what a sinful nation they are—

loaded down with a burden of guilt.

They are evil people,

corrupt children who have rejected the Lord.

They have despised the Holy One of Israel

and turned their backs on him.

Why do you continue to invite punishment?

Must you rebel forever?

Your head is injured,

and your heart is sick.

You are battered from head to foot—

covered with bruises, welts, and infected wounds—

without any soothing ointments or bandages.

Your country lies in ruins,

and your towns are burned.

Foreigners plunder your fields before your eyes

and destroy everything they see.

Beautiful JerusalemHebrew The daughter of Zion. stands abandoned

like a watchman’s shelter in a vineyard,

like a lean-to in a cucumber field after the harvest,

like a helpless city under siege.

If the Lord of Heaven’s Armies

had not spared a few of us,Greek version reads a few of our children. Compare Rom 9:29.

we would have been wiped out like Sodom,

destroyed like Gomorrah.

10 Listen to the Lord, you leaders of “Sodom.”

Listen to the law of our God, people of “Gomorrah.”

11 “What makes you think I want all your sacrifices?”

says the Lord.

“I am sick of your burnt offerings of rams

and the fat of fattened cattle.

I get no pleasure from the blood

of bulls and lambs and goats.

12 When you come to worship me,

who asked you to parade through my courts with all your ceremony?

13 Stop bringing me your meaningless gifts;

the incense of your offerings disgusts me!

As for your celebrations of the new moon and the Sabbath

and your special days for fasting—

they are all sinful and false.

I want no more of your pious meetings.

14 I hate your new moon celebrations and your annual festivals.

They are a burden to me. I cannot stand them!

15 When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look.

Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen,

for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims.

16 Wash yourselves and be clean!

Get your sins out of my sight.

Give up your evil ways.

17 Learn to do good.

Seek justice.

Help the oppressed.

Defend the cause of orphans.

Fight for the rights of widows.

18 “Come now, let’s settle this,”

says the Lord.

“Though your sins are like scarlet,

I will make them as white as snow.

Though they are red like crimson,

I will make them as white as wool.

19 If you will only obey me,

you will have plenty to eat.

20 But if you turn away and refuse to listen,

you will be devoured by the sword of your enemies.

I, the Lord, have spoken!”

Unfaithful Jerusalem

21 See how Jerusalem, once so faithful,

has become a prostitute.

Once the home of justice and righteousness,

she is now filled with murderers.

22 Once like pure silver,

you have become like worthless slag.

Once so pure,

you are now like watered-down wine.

23 Your leaders are rebels,

the companions of thieves.

All of them love bribes

and demand payoffs,

but they refuse to defend the cause of orphans

or fight for the rights of widows.

24 Therefore, the Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,

the Mighty One of Israel, says,

“I will take revenge on my enemies

and pay back my foes!

25 I will raise my fist against you.

I will melt you down and skim off your slag.

I will remove all your impurities.

26 Then I will give you good judges again

and wise counselors like you used to have.

Then Jerusalem will again be called the Home of Justice

and the Faithful City.”

27 Zion will be restored by justice;

those who repent will be revived by righteousness.

28 But rebels and sinners will be completely destroyed,

and those who desert the Lord will be consumed.

29 You will be ashamed of your idol worship

in groves of sacred oaks.

You will blush because you worshiped

in gardens dedicated to idols.

30 You will be like a great tree with withered leaves,

like a garden without water.

31 The strongest among you will disappear like straw;

their evil deeds will be the spark that sets it on fire.

They and their evil works will burn up together,

and no one will be able to put out the fire.

The Lord’s Future Reign

This is a vision that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:

In the last days, the mountain of the Lord’s house

will be the highest of all—

the most important place on earth.

It will be raised above the other hills,

and people from all over the world will stream there to worship.

People from many nations will come and say,

“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,

to the house of Jacob’s God.

There he will teach us his ways,

and we will walk in his paths.”

For the Lord’s teaching will go out from Zion;

his word will go out from Jerusalem.

The Lord will mediate between nations

and will settle international disputes.

They will hammer their swords into plowshares

and their spears into pruning hooks.

Nation will no longer fight against nation,

nor train for war anymore.

A Warning of Judgment

Come, descendants of Jacob,

let us walk in the light of the Lord!

For the Lord has rejected his people,

the descendants of Jacob,

because they have filled their land with practices from the East

and with sorcerers, as the Philistines do.

They have made alliances with pagans.

Israel is full of silver and gold;

there is no end to its treasures.

Their land is full of warhorses;

there is no end to its chariots.

Their land is full of idols;

the people worship things they have made

with their own hands.

So now they will be humbled,

and all will be brought low—

do not forgive them.

10 Crawl into caves in the rocks.

Hide in the dust

from the terror of the Lord

and the glory of his majesty.

11 Human pride will be brought down,

and human arrogance will be humbled.

Only the Lord will be exalted

on that day of judgment.

12 For the Lord of Heaven’s Armies

has a day of reckoning.

He will punish the proud and mighty

and bring down everything that is exalted.

13 He will cut down the tall cedars of Lebanon

and all the mighty oaks of Bashan.

14 He will level all the high mountains

and all the lofty hills.

15 He will break down every high tower

and every fortified wall.

16 He will destroy all the great trading shipsHebrew every ship of Tarshish.

and every magnificent vessel.

17 Human pride will be humbled,

and human arrogance will be brought down.

Only the Lord will be exalted

on that day of judgment.

18 Idols will completely disappear.

19 When the Lord rises to shake the earth,

his enemies will crawl into holes in the ground.

They will hide in caves in the rocks

from the terror of the Lord

and the glory of his majesty.

20 On that day of judgment they will abandon the gold and silver idols

they made for themselves to worship.

They will leave their gods to the rodents and bats,

21 while they crawl away into caverns

and hide among the jagged rocks in the cliffs.

They will try to escape the terror of the Lord

and the glory of his majesty

as he rises to shake the earth.

22 Don’t put your trust in mere humans.

They are as frail as breath.

What good are they?

The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me.

The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider.

Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.

Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.

From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.

Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.

And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.

Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.

10 Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats.

12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts?

13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting.

14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them.

15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood.

16 Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:

20 But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

21 How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers.

22 Thy silver is become dross, thy wine mixed with water:

23 Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one loveth gifts, and followeth after rewards: they judge not the fatherless, neither doth the cause of the widow come unto them.

24 Therefore saith the Lord, the Lord of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies:

25 And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin:

26 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.

27 Zion shall be redeemed with judgment, and her converts with righteousness.

28 And the destruction of the transgressors and of the sinners shall be together, and they that forsake the Lord shall be consumed.

29 For they shall be ashamed of the oaks which ye have desired, and ye shall be confounded for the gardens that ye have chosen.

30 For ye shall be as an oak whose leaf fadeth, and as a garden that hath no water.

31 And the strong shall be as tow, and the maker of it as a spark, and they shall both burn together, and none shall quench them.

The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.

And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the Lord.

Therefore thou hast forsaken thy people the house of Jacob, because they be replenished from the east, and are soothsayers like the Philistines, and they please themselves in the children of strangers.

Their land also is full of silver and gold, neither is there any end of their treasures; their land is also full of horses, neither is there any end of their chariots:

Their land also is full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made:

And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not.

10 Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty.

11 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.

12 For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low:

13 And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan,

14 And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up,

15 And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall,

16 And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures.

17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.

18 And the idols he shall utterly abolish.

19 And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

20 In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats;

21 To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth.

22 Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of ?

2 Corinthians 10:1-18

Paul’s Defense of His Ministry

10 By the humility and gentlenessMt 11:29 of Christ, I appeal to you—I, Paul,Gal 5:2; Eph 3:1 who am “timid” when face to face with you, but “bold” toward you when away!I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as boldS 1Co 4:21 as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world.Ro 12:2For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does.ver 2The weapons we fight withS 2Co 6:7 are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power1Co 2:5 to demolish strongholds.ver 8; Jer 1:10; 23:29; 2Co 13:10We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God,Isa 2:11, 12; 1Co 1:19 and we take captive every thought to make it obedient2Co 9:13 to Christ.And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.2Co 2:9; 7:15

You are judging by appearances.Or Look at the obvious factsS Jn 7:24; 2Co 5:12 If anyone is confident that they belong to Christ,1Co 1:12; S 3:23; 14:37 they should consider again that we belong to Christ just as much as they do.2Co 11:23So even if I boast somewhat freely about the authority the Lord gave usver 13, 15 for building you up rather than tearing you down,ver 4; Jer 1:10; 2Co 13:10 I will not be ashamed of it.I do not want to seem to be trying to frighten you with my letters.10 For some say, “His letters are weighty and forceful, but in person he is unimpressivever 1; 1Co 2:3; Gal 4:13, 14 and his speaking amounts to nothing.”1Co 1:17; 2Co 11:611 Such people should realize that what we are in our letters when we are absent, we will be in our actions when we are present.

12 We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves.ver 18; S 2Co 3:1 When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.13 We, however, will not boast beyond proper limits, but will confine our boasting to the sphere of service God himself has assigned to us,ver 15, 16; S Ro 12:3 a sphere that also includes you.14 We are not going too far in our boasting, as would be the case if we had not come to you, for we did get as far as youS 1Co 3:6 with the gospel of Christ.S 2Co 2:1215 Neither do we go beyond our limitsver 13 by boasting of work done by others.Ro 15:20 Our hope is that, as your faith continues to grow,2Th 1:3 our sphere of activity among you will greatly expand,16 so that we can preach the gospelS Ro 1:1; S 2Co 2:12 in the regions beyond you.S Ac 19:21 For we do not want to boast about work already done in someone else’s territory.17 But, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”Jer. 9:24Jer 9:24; Ps 34:2; 44:8; 1Co 1:3118 For it is not the one who commends himselfver 12 who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.S Ro 2:29

Paul Defends His Authority

10 Now I, Paul, appeal to you with the gentleness and kindness of Christ—though I realize you think I am timid in person and bold only when I write from far away.Well, I am begging you now so that when I come I won’t have to be bold with those who think we act from human motives.

We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do.English translations divide verses 4 and 5 in various ways.We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments.We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.And after you have become fully obedient, we will punish everyone who remains disobedient.

Look at the obvious facts.Or You look at things only on the basis of appearance. Those who say they belong to Christ must recognize that we belong to Christ as much as they do.I may seem to be boasting too much about the authority given to us by the Lord. But our authority builds you up; it doesn’t tear you down. So I will not be ashamed of using my authority.

I’m not trying to frighten you by my letters.10 For some say, “Paul’s letters are demanding and forceful, but in person he is weak, and his speeches are worthless!”11 Those people should realize that our actions when we arrive in person will be as forceful as what we say in our letters from far away.

12 Oh, don’t worry; we wouldn’t dare say that we are as wonderful as these other men who tell you how important they are! But they are only comparing themselves with each other, using themselves as the standard of measurement. How ignorant!

13 We will not boast about things done outside our area of authority. We will boast only about what has happened within the boundaries of the work God has given us, which includes our working with you.14 We are not reaching beyond these boundaries when we claim authority over you, as if we had never visited you. For we were the first to travel all the way to Corinth with the Good News of Christ.

15 Nor do we boast and claim credit for the work someone else has done. Instead, we hope that your faith will grow so that the boundaries of our work among you will be extended.16 Then we will be able to go and preach the Good News in other places far beyond you, where no one else is working. Then there will be no question of our boasting about work done in someone else’s territory.17 As the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”Jer 9:24.

18 When people commend themselves, it doesn’t count for much. The important thing is for the Lord to commend them.

10 Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:

But I beseech you, that I may not be bold when I am present with that confidence, wherewith I think to be bold against some, which think of us as if we walked according to the flesh.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

Do ye look on things after the outward appearance? if any man trust to himself that he is Christ's, let him of himself think this again, that, as he is Christ's, even so are we Christ's.

For though I should boast somewhat more of our authority, which the Lord hath given us for edification, and not for your destruction, I should not be ashamed:

That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters.

10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.

11 Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.

12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

13 But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you.

14 For we stretch not ourselves beyond our measure, as though we reached not unto you: for we are come as far as to you also in preaching the gospel of Christ:

15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's labours; but having hope, when your faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,

16 To preach the gospel in the regions beyond you, and not to boast in another man's line of things made ready to our hand.

17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

18 For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.

Psalm 52:1-9

Psalm 52In Hebrew texts 52:1-9 is numbered 52:3-11.

For the director of music. A maskilTitle: Probably a literary or musical term of David. When Doeg the Edomite1Sa 21:7; 22:9 had gone to Saul and told him: “David has gone to the house of Ahimelek.”

Why do you boast of evil, you mighty hero?

Why do you boastPs 10:3; 94:4 all day long,Ps 44:8

you who are a disgrace in the eyes of God?

You who practice deceit,S Ps 50:19

your tongue plots destruction;Ps 5:9

it is like a sharpened razor.S Nu 6:5

You love evilEx 10:10; 1Sa 12:25; Am 5:14-15; Jn 3:20 rather than good,

falsehoodPs 58:3; Jer 9:5; Rev 21:8 rather than speaking the truth.The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 5.

You love every harmful word,

you deceitful tongue!Ps 5:9; 10:7; 109:2; 120:2, 3; Pr 10:31; 12:19

Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin:

He will snatch you up and pluckS Dt 29:28; S Job 40:12; Isa 22:19; Eze 17:24 you from your tent;

he will uprootS Dt 28:63 you from the land of the living.S Job 28:13

The righteous will see and fear;

they will laughS Job 22:19 at you, saying,

“Here now is the man

who did not make God his strongholdS 2Sa 22:3

but trusted in his great wealthS Ps 49:6; S Pr 11:28; Mk 10:23

and grew strong by destroying others!”

But I am like an olive treeS Ps 1:3; S Rev 11:4

flourishing in the house of God;

I trustPs 6:4; 13:5 in God’s unfailing love

for ever and ever.

For what you have done I will always praise youS Ps 30:12

in the presence of your faithful people.S Dt 7:6; Ps 16:3

And I will hope in your name,S Job 7:6; Ps 25:3

for your name is good.Ps 54:6

Psalm 52

For the choir director: A psalmHebrew maskil. This may be a literary or musical term. of David, regarding the time Doeg the Edomite said to Saul, “David has gone to see Ahimelech.”

Why do you boast about your crimes, great warrior?

Don’t you realize God’s justice continues forever?

All day long you plot destruction.

Your tongue cuts like a sharp razor;

you’re an expert at telling lies.

You love evil more than good

and lies more than truth. Interlude

You love to destroy others with your words,

you liar!

But God will strike you down once and for all.

He will pull you from your home

and uproot you from the land of the living. Interlude

The righteous will see it and be amazed.

They will laugh and say,

“Look what happens to mighty warriors

who do not trust in God.

They trust their wealth instead

and grow more and more bold in their wickedness.”

But I am like an olive tree, thriving in the house of God.

I will always trust in God’s unfailing love.

I will praise you forever, O God,

for what you have done.

I will trust in your good name

in the presence of your faithful people.

52 Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually.

The tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully.

Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.

Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.

God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.

The righteous also shall see, and fear, and shall laugh at him:

Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

I will praise thee for ever, because thou hast done it: and I will wait on thy name; for it is good before thy saints.

Proverbs 22:26-27

Saying 4

26 Do not be one who shakes hands in pledgePr 6:1-5

or puts up security for debts;

27 if you lack the means to pay,

your very bed will be snatched from under you.S Pr 11:15; S 17:18

26 Don’t agree to guarantee another person’s debt

or put up security for someone else.

27 If you can’t pay it,

even your bed will be snatched from under you.

26 Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.

27 If thou hast nothing to pay, why should he take away thy bed from under thee?

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